US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,408

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 12:46 PM
US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,408

As of Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at least 1,408 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is four more than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,158 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 99 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is two fewer than the department's tally.

The Defense Department also counts two military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 10,749 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

_Spc. Justin D. Ross, 22, of Green Bay, Wis.; died March 26 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire; assigned to the 863rd Engineer Battalion, Wausau, Wis.

_Two soldiers died March 22, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire; both were assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg, Germany; killed were: Staff Sgt. Joshua S. Gire, 28, of Chillicothe, Ohio; Pfc. Michael C. Mahr, 26, of Homosassa, Fla.

_Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent A. Filpi III, 41, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; died March 22 as a result of a non-combat related incident; assigned to USS Enterprise as an aviation ordnanceman. Enterprise is currently deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

_Master Sgt. Jamal H. Bowers, 41, of Raleigh, N.C.; died March 18 at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, as a result of a non-combat related incident; assigned to the 6th Battalion, 4th Military Information Support Group, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

_Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski, 25, of Westminster, Md.; died March 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

_Staff Sgt. Mecolus C. McDaniel, 33, of Fort Hood, Texas; died March 19 in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire; assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

_Two soldiers died March 19 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were allegedly shot with small arms fire by an individual from a military security group and the incident is under investigation; both were assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; killed were: Cpl. Donald R. Mickler Jr., 29, of Bucyrus, Ohio; Pfc. Rudy A. Acosta, 19, of Canyon Country, Calif.

_Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Meis, 20, of Bennett, Colo.; died March 17 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

_Staff Sgt. Travis M. Tompkins, 31, of Lawton, Okla.; died March 16 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained on March 15, when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade; assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

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